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MEI Online: Commodities: Metallic Ores: Aluminium: Latest News: January 17th 2008


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:: Major Smelter for Abu Dhabi

ABB has won a $30-million contract from Emirates Aluminum Company (EMAL) to supply a 220kV Gas Insulated Substation, automation and protection systems for a new aluminum smelter near Abu Dhabi. The order was booked during the third quarter of 2007.

The new smelter will be located in Al Taweelah, close to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Initial start-up capacity in 2010 will be 700,000 tons per year; when completed, the smelter will have a total annual capacity of 1.4 million tons, making it the largest single site aluminum smelter in the world. This smelter project represents Abu Dhabi's entry into the global aluminum industry.

ABB's scope of supply during the first construction phase includes a 220kV Gas Insulated Substation to provide efficient, reliable power to the new smelter. ABB has more than 40 years of experience with High Voltage Gas Insulated Substations; these substations have a smaller footprint and lower operating and maintenance costs than traditional solutions. The delivery also includes System 800xA for process control, as well as the substation automation system.

SNC-Lavalin International, in joint venture with Worley Parsons, will manage the project; the group is also responsible for engineering, procurement, and construction.




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